Campaigners applaud move that will ‘take heart out of kafala’ by denying employers right to deny exit permits to overseas staff

A law change that will allow the majority of migrant workers to leave Qatar without permission from their employers has been heralded by campaigners as a landmark in the battle against labour abuses in the build-up to the next World Cup.

Qatar has faced international scrutiny over the working conditions facing hundreds of thousands of migrants toiling on construction sites in the prelude to the 2022 tournament.

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